Cheating risk from online essays – September 2014

Sector: Economics of Education | Education and Labour Markets
Client: Ofqual
Published: September, 2014
Document type: Report 
Tagged: market studies qualitative analysis UK

London Economics were commissioned by Ofqual to undertake a mystery shopping exercise of ‘student support’ services available online. To undertake the independent research, London Economics engaged with a number of online companies who offer to write essays for students. The commissioned essays were passed on to experts at Ofqual for subsequent marking, which demonstrated that, more often than not, the quality of the essays was sub-standard and offered poor returns to students.